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Bowling Through The Decades


Bowling Through The Decades: The 1990s

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Actor John Turturro, with his hair in a black skull cap, sporting a moustache and short beard, holds a red bowling ball up to his face, his tongue licking the ball
John Turturro as Jesus Quintana in
The Big Lebowski

Rear long shot view of two bowlers in shorts in a neon lit bowling alley
glow-in-the-dark bowling

Large building with a multi-faceted silver dome inset into its three-storied side, reminiscent of bowling ball and lanes
The National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV

Close-up of six marbled bowling balls in assorted colors

In an early episode of The Simpsons, Homer gives Marge a bowling ball for her birthday, intending to use it for himself. However, Marge vows to learn how to bowl, almost getting seduced by her bowling teacher.

In 1991, bowling equipment manufacturer DBA unveils The Lane Walker, the first computer-driven lane cleaning and oiling machine, which can be programmed to clean up to 50 lanes without stopping.

Bowling is a medal sport at the 1991 Pan American games.

Comedian Drew Carey, an amateur bowler, features the sport on The Drew Carey Show and stages an annual contest, where the winner wins a trip to Los Angeles and a chance to “bowl with Drew.”

Bowling lanes host laser bowling, cosmic bowling, glow-in-the-dark bowling, “rock and bowl” and fog bowling to lure younger players to the lanes.

John Goodman pulls a gun out to threaten a competitor who stepped over the foul line in the Coen brothers’ film The Big Lebowski.

The $47.5 million National Bowling Stadium opens in Reno, Nevada, in 1995, with 1,100 permanent seats overlooking 80 state-of-the-art lanes and a giant scoreboard.

Bowling puts actor Randy Quaid on its magazine cover and interviews him about the lowbrow bowling comedy Kingpin. "If we can't laugh at bowling, what can we laugh at?" Quaid asked.

After 35 years, ABC-TV drops the PBA Pro Tour from its sports lineup in 1997.

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